The Heritage Cape Breton Connection is an umbrella co-operative comprised of historical societies and heritage groups from all over Cape Breton Island. We share the common goal of preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of the Island.
“To create an environment where the culture and natural heritage of Cape Breton Island thrive”
is as relevant today as it was in 1984 when the organization was established.
The primary aim is mutual support through shared knowledge and experience. The membership discusses and acts on important policy issues of concern to the whole. Individual concerns can be raised and the membership can rely on the advice and leadership of the group. Biannual meetings always include member reports and continue to be a highlight.
The Heritage Cape Breton Connection strives to help the people of Cape Breton recognize and preserve what they value about their heritage. The Connection’s membership represents a wide variety of interests including:
- identification and preservation of physical artifacts of historical significance
- identification and preservation of the intrinsic culture of the Island
- identification and preservation of heritage buildings and sites
- promotion of genealogy and the writing of family histories
- active preservation of pioneer arts and crafts
- conservation of heritage photographs
- publication of historical materials
Historical societies, that are members of the Heritage Cape Breton Connection hold their own meetings, arrange special events such as historical tours, etc., provide children’s programming for schools, hold lectures and conduct commemorative functions. Some operate museums in their local communities providing a permanent home for their heritage and unique local treasures. Some of the year-round sites have paid staff, but for the most part, community museums are managed and staffed by volunteers, supplemented by university students in the summer. Visitors will enjoy both interesting exhibits and a friendly welcome at all of these sites.
The Board of Directors of the Heritage Cape Breton Connection interacts with the office of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage on behalf of the membership. It represents the membership on the Board of Directors and the Education Advisory Committee of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums and the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. We partner with organizations such as VELO Cape Breton and Destination Cape Breton to bring about a maximum of experience for locals and visitors.